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Trip to Europe – Part 1 – Salon & Netherlands | muralist

We just returned from a three and a half week trip to Europe. The trip itself was for two reasons, to attend Salon Leeuwarden, an annual meeting of decorative and mural painters from around the world, and also to attend Concorso di Madonnari in Nocera Superiore, Italy.

Salon takes place is a different city each year, and this year was Leeuwarden, Netherlands. The theme was Alma Tadema, the Dutch painter from the area. {The area is also home to artist M.C. Escher). Salon is my favorite event of the year, a mixture of professional development and meeting with friends.

While the world of muralists and decorative painters is quite large, this is a group of people passionate about the history of decorative painting and its techniques, from fresco painters, to wood grainers and marble painters. Its comprised of three main areas, an exhibition area, a demonstration area and a lecture area.

 

My Salon panel

For the exhibition, I create a panel looking inside a church that was painted by Tadema. I used a different view of the church, but tried to capture the feeling of space which he so eloquently rendered.

 

For 4 days, artists from around the world celebrate our craft. Its quite an honor, and rather humbling, to be watching and learning from some of the best in the business, including Dru Blair, Stefano Luca,, Pascal Amblard and others. Watching and being able to ask questions about their techniques goes along way in pushing myself forward.

Outside Salon hours, the days are filled with food and wine, meeting with old friends and making new ones. Salon has a certain “tribe” or family feel to it. There is no artistic competitiveness or ego. Its about celebrating our craft and working together so that everyone rises to the top. That is quite unusual in art circles.

Next year Salon will be in Chamonix, France. Its a year away but Im already planning my panel!!!!!!

 

Photos from Salon

Stefano Luca
Dru Blair
Pierre Finkelstein

 

Woodgraining Garage Doors | cape coral, ft myers naples woodgraining garage doors

garagedoorHere in SW Florida, especially Cape Coral, Ft Myers, Naples , woodgraining garage doors is a popular option for many homeowners.

 

Woodgraining garage doors in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral plays really nice into the stucco architecture so common in our area.

There are many companies that use gel stains to achieve a convincing wood grain, but its not the best route to achieve this look. Gel stains are not only fragile in UV light, but also the use of an oil based product on a garage door can void the warranty. The better approach is an acrylic based system. The pigments are more UV resistant, and the paint film itself is stronger than a layer of gel stain. The end result not only looks great, but lasts longer than an oil based stain finish. Especially in areas like Cape Coral, Ft Myers Naples, the extra strong UV from our strong sunlight needs to be taken into account.